Friday Links List and Illustrators' Treehouse News - 31 July 2020

From The Edinburgh Book Festival - The festival is online this year and the schedule is now live

From PW:
      This may seem strange that I'm sharing this, but Karen was an early mentor to me. So, I am thrilled for her!
     Coronavirus Poem Goes from Facebook Post to Picture Book
     Walden, Takei, Telgemeier, Tamaki Win 2020 Eisner Awards

From ScreenRant: 5 Best Young Adult Dystopian Tropes (& 5 Worst)

From SLJ:
     Helping to Normalize Wearing Masks with Tweens and Teens During a Global Pandemic, with fun programming ideas!
     Unhappy with District Plans for Fall, Parents Are Creating Personal Learning Pods or Choosing To Homeschool

From The NYT: Looking at Epic Poetry Through 21st-Century Eyes New translations of the “Aeneid,” “Beowulf” and other ancient stories challenge some of our modern-day ideas.

From 101 George Street: Interview with my supervisor, Maureen Farrell

From Library Journal: Resources for Cultivating an Antiracist Mindset

From Muddy Colors:
     Of Man and Monster
     40 Years Before the Mast a career retrospective
     So, a lawyer and an artist walk into a jungle - interesting art exploration by Corey Godbey
     Why Do You Do It? with Jesper Ejsing

From The Virginia and Albert Museum: The V&A Illustration Awards

From Open Press: The cutest little printing press ever - and it works!

From Forbes: How Freelance Book Cover Illustrator Rachelle Baker Gets Her Inspiration

From Shoo Rayner: Interview with friend and illustrator John Shelley

Big News! The House of Illustration is moving and will now be called The Quentin Blake Centre for Illustration

From Art Departmental: WOW! How to Draw in Perspective: 30+ Perspective Drawing Lessons By Illustrator Thomas Romain

From The Artroom Plant:
     Eva Eland and her picture book series about feelings
     Takano Reiko

From The NYT: Schools Beat Earlier Plagues with Outdoor Classes. We Should, Too. (great photos)

From the NYT: President Obama's Eulogy to John Lewis

Also from the NYT: John Lewis' last Opinion piece - a message to us all

Charlene Chua's GOING UP!

I flipped over this sweet book about an eclectic group of neighbors gathering for a party. It's called GOING UP! by Charlene Chua. She stopped by to tell us more about it. 

e: What was your creative process/medium for UP!, can you walk us through it? 
Charlene: GOING UP! was mostly illustrated traditionally, with pencil, watercolors and color pencil. It was a bit of a departure for me as most of my previous books were done digitally. I wanted GOING UP! to be a looser, more playful book with many little details and I thought working with real media would lend itself better to that end. I actually did the very first roughs digitally, just to plan out what would happen on each page. Then I redrew everything with pencil on paper. I used cheap printer paper for this. (Before I switched to digital, I actually drew on printer paper for many years as a cost-saving practice).
The paper sketches were scanned and I used Photoshop to adjust them to the right size and placement. I printed out the sketches and then traced out each character individually. This was another departure from my usual as I usually work on a page as a scene. But to get everyone consistent for GOING UP!, I decided to paint each character separately. The painting was done with liquid watercolors (they are similar to colored ink), watercolor and color pencils on coldpress watercolor paper. Once all the paintings were done, I scanned them, touched them up and joined them together in Photoshop. 

e: What was your path to publication?
Charlene: GOING UP! is the... 13th? Picture book I have illustrated. At this point, I think my path to publication happens when art directors and editors at publishers see my previous work and decide to work with me on new books. 

e: Is there a unique or funny story behind the creation of this story? 
Charlene: I had done an illustration of several characters in an elevator before the project started. One of these characters was a Black girl in a yellow raincoat. Everyone loved her and thought she would be great as Sophie, the main character. 

e: I love the diversity of the characters in this story, you’ve created such a rich world for your protagonist! 
Charlene: Thanks! GOING UP! is a celebration of diversity, and to me, how people can put up with personal discomfort (e.g squeezing into an elevator) so that everyone can experience joy (e.g birthday party!). Sherry J. Lee had some art notes in her manuscript to suggest a range of characters, and these were developed more between myself and our editor, Yasemin Ucar, and the team at Kids Can Press. I wanted to not only show a range of ethnicities, but also, a range of identities through the different characters. Each character doesn't get that much 'screen time' by themselves, so I had to try to suggest little things through their choice of clothing, or the gift they were bringing along to the party. I also wanted the book to be an opportunity for readers to learn to 'see'. A lot of times, people look, but do not see. This is important, because as we are aware, visual information can be very powerful in creating ideas and opinions. Learning to see things properly by looking more slowly and closely is a skill that I think needs to be cultivated and practised. In GOING UP!, I added small details where I could. I hope this encourages readers to come back and look through the book multiple times. And by doing so, I hope that readers will quietly learn the basics of truly seeing their world, as opposed to just looking at it.

e: I couldn't agree more! What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call "Heart Art” - the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
Charlene: That's an interesting question. I don't really know? Perhaps it's personal context. Images that touch me tend to strike a chord inside, and sometimes I don't even quite know what that chord is myself. Some of the images I personally like have themes or subjects matter that resonate with me at some level. Others are harder to define; they still evoke an emotional reaction that I can't articulate. And perhaps that is what draws me to them; they articulate something that cannot be articulated in any other way. With picture books, the context is sometimes more clear, since all picture book illustrations accompany a narrative (with or without words). So an image may resonate in combination to what it relates within the story, and it strikes a chord with the reader/viewer. 

e: How do you advertise yourself (or do you)? 
Charlene: My agent (Tracy Marchini at BookEnds Literary) sends out promotional materials to publishers every now and then. Otherwise, I don't do any heavy marketing for myself. I post new work on my various social media accounts. 

e: What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator? 
Charlene: I like being able to work with authors and publishers to bring stories to life. I tend to see it as a puzzle to solve, and each book is different. So it is a privilege and joy to be able to work on creating illustrations for different books. As for challenging - money is always challenging! I do alright, but as a freelance illustrator, things can be quite uncertain at times. Like most freelancers, I often find myself with too much or too little work. 

e: Is there something in particular about UP! you hope readers will take away with them, perhaps something that isn’t immediately obvious? 
Charlene: I hope readers will enjoy the book enough to go through it several more times to spot all the small stuff scattered throughout the book. 

e: What are you working on next or what would be your dream project? 
Charlene: I will be working on a board book (the 2nd in a series of 3). I have a comic I am working on with my husband (that's not really for kids). I do have a few ideas of my own I would like to develop too if I have the time!

e: I can't wait to see them!

Coloring Page Tuesday - Mousie Drive

     Summer semester is over and Stan and I are itching to get away somewhere. We call driving around "bimbling" - a term we picked up from our honeymoon in Kenya. Of course, with Covid, it might just be in our imagination. But I'm imagining! (This is another card I made for one of my students.) I created a video about the making of this card, which you can see here - click the image to watch on Youtube (and please subscribe!):
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Booklist said it's "A book deserving of a wide readership, recommended for all libraries."
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Hollins Magic Continues Online!

Yet another Hollins U summer has come to an end; although, I have to say this was the most unusual one. Everything was online. And while that was a little scary at first, I have to admit, it went really well! We have a very low student/teacher ratio, which made working on Zoom quite easy and stress-free. Dare I say, we bonded, even in this virtual world? I think we did! And at the end of the semester, everyone presented their final products, just like in person. Each student gave a presentation... Abbie did her talk on Ken Wilson Max.
Becca did her talk on James Ransome.
Gina did her talk on Mae Besom.
And Deanna gave her talk on Ise Hideko. (Deanna is living in Japan right now - 13 hours ahead!)
     After the lunch break, everyone came back and shared their picture book dummies. Sadly, I only got a photo of Deanna sharing her Japanese version of The Country Mouse and The City Mouse. (Although, I didn't get a good shot of her doing her presentation, so it all balanced out!)
They all did such a great job - I am so proud of them!
     Along with classes, we had some wonderful speakers visit from afar. Terri Windling was the Keynote for the Francelia Butler Conference and she spent a glorious morning with my classroom too - just answering questions about fairy tales, folklore, and the writing biz. WOW!
     Our Writer in Residence was Anika Denise, author of Planting Stories: The Life of Librarian and Storyteller Pura Belpré (which was indeed a Pura Belpré prize winner!). She gave a talk that brought us all to tears it was so special! Happily, she'll be back next year as we get a two-fer - her husband Chris Denise is our newest faculty member.
     Little Brown Art Director Sasha Illingsworth gave a really thorough talk about what she does at the very end - it was a great note to end on!
     And we had an ongoing discussion about The Goddess all semester that culminated in two wonderful discussions curated by Professor Chip Sullivan.
     One of my fellow faculty, Claudia Mills (who also spoke on a panel with her agent, Stephen Frazer, this summer), wrote about our Hollins Magic on her blog too. Usually, she and I would walk the campus most mornings. As it was, we talked on the phone while walking several times during the semester.
     There have been some silver linings to this online year - a student was able to participate from Japan, a speaker who can't easily travel was able to join us, and new walking habits were formed. I'll be glad to be back in person next summer, but it's good to know that the Hollins Magic did indeed continue online!
Photo by MJ Begin

Art Books: Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard

Quite a few well-known illustrators collate their creations about once a year in print formats they sell as collectors' editions. I'd never purchased any of them before, so thought it would make a lovely birthday present for myself. Well, the birthday is past, but the books just arrived. They are two volumes of sketches by husband/wife team Annie Stegg Gerard and Justin Gerard. Both are regular contributors to my favorite blog, Muddy Colors. I was also curious how the package would arrive. It was well protected, that was the first thing I noticed:
And it was just done in such a classy way with a gold studio sticker introducing everything!
It was quite a lot of stuff actually - 2 books, 2 stickers, a postcard, and two framed prints - all for $60. I thought it was a fair price for what I received.
It is so relaxing to flip through the pages of these books and enjoy the luscious illustrations. They're all in sepia - like a master's sketchbook. The books are a bit smaller/thinner than I expected, but there is no slight in content. There must be 100 sketches in each. And they are beautifully printed with gold foil and gloss - real treasures. Now that I've done this once, I already know whose collection I want to buy next year! I'm hooked.

Friday Links List and Illustrators' Treehouse News - 24 July 2020

From The Atlantic: What My Kids Learned When They Weren’t in School

From Nathan Bransford: Time to make fresh tracks

From PW:
     How to Survive a Pandemic, According to an Academic Publisher
     Children's Books for Fall 2020

From Essence: Here Are The 50 Most Impactful Black Books Of The Last 50 Years

From Library Journal: Find Your Focus: What Kind of Librarian Should You Be?

From SLJ's 100 Scope Notes: Come With Me (Yet Again) Down the Picture Book Parody Rabbit Hole

From SLJ:
     “Read, my Child, Read!” | Remembering John Lewis I'm so glad I got to meet this amazing man and actually shake his hand!
     #BlackinSTEM: 17 Nonfiction Books That Spotlight Black Scientists, Thinkers, and Inventors

From The Guardian: Gender gap in children's reading grew in UK lockdown – survey

From Muddy Colors:
     Art Can Help Us Through Uncertain Times
     On Continuing Education

From Brightly: The David Sibley Birds Coloring Sheets

How to Take Part in the Bologna Children's Book Fair Illustrators' Exhibition 2021

From Lilla Rogers: Welcome to the #MATSprep gallery for Illustrating Children’s Books July 2020! (Upload your work!)

From the Victoria & Albert Museum: 2020 V&A Illustration Awards See what sort of artwork is mostly highly regarded:

From the GoodNewsNetwork: Watch Turkish Artist Paint on Water - wow.

From The Art Room Plant: Illustrator Sabina Hahn Sabina Hahn has been illustrating 'omens and superstitions' by Philippa Waring They are great fun to explore. For instance:
Double Fruit: 'It is lucky to find any fruit growing double,
and if you take such and share it with a friend then you can both have a wish answered.'

From Print & Pattern: Virtual Blueprint Participant: Denise Ortakales (Click to find out what this "Virtual Blueprint" event is.)

From Teaching Learning Art Online

What a pretty and cleverly organized website: Sandra Bowers Art

Did you know that Eric Carle is on Instagram?

Artist of the week: Kehinde Wiley

From Dr. Malika Grayson: Black Girl's Guide to Grad School

From the NYT: 7 Inequities: A Weeklong Look at the Biases Women Face Double standards abound from the salary she earns to the unpaid hours she works.

From The Chronicle of Higher Education: The Professor Is In: Fear, Anxiety, and the Faculty Career

I told you I purchased a hula-hoop for lock-down. Well, I just learned of the passing of one of the best hoop dancers in the world: Nakotah LaRance, Acclaimed Native American Hoop Dancer, Dies at 30

Estelle Laure's MAYHEM

Here's a new witchy-ish, vampire-ish, feminist perspective read for you - something truly new. It's called MAYHEM and I think you'll like it as much as I did! Estelle Laure stopped by to talk about it...
e: I thoroughly enjoyed reading Mayhem, Estelle. Thanks for such an enjoyable read! You created what felt like a truly unique mythology, and I love that it was female-centric. Can you tell me what inspired you and took you on this journey?
Thank you! Way back when this story was a baby, I had been researching one of my ancestors, Rebecca Blake, who was a Salem witch. Of course what happened to her was just misogyny, but I deeply wanted to write about generational trauma and power, because I do feel I got something from her that runs in my blood. Although she was named Auggie at first, Mayhem came into my mind as the descendent of such a lineage. I didn’t want it to be a witch story though, I wanted a different kind of magic, one that interacted with the land. When I was speaking with my editor about it and we started talking about The Lost Boys and how much we loved the setting, it all started to connect and come together.

e: Do you have a tie to the places the story takes place?
I was raised all over, but many years were spent in California. I lived in the Bay Area in Berkeley and Oakland mostly, but we went to Santa Cruz often and spent time at the beach and the boardwalk. The Lost Boys also happened to be filmed there, so when I invented Santa Maria that was very much on my mind as a basis for the location. e: What bits of real-life or your own history weave into the fiction?
I share some aspects with most of the characters, but I think the biggest connections are to Roxy and Mayhem. I have chronic pain, so I understand how hard it is to deal with and it’s something I pulled through Roxy’s character. I also have experienced various levels of abuse and intimidation so I wove that into the backstory. I think I share Mayhem’s rage and her desire for connection, and back when I was a teenager I certainly lost myself in those first passionate friend relationships. Writing this was extremely cathartic on all those levels, because I really did used to fantasize about ways my abusers might drop off the face of the earth. I felt so powerless. I have obviously never forgotten, especially now that I teach and interact with teenagers every day. It felt like the right time to delve into this piece of my past.

e: I'm sorry you experience(d) that, but I definitely see it in your writing. I found it interesting that in one environment the women were so powerless and in another, they were so powerful. Can you talk to that a little more?
I think the closer we get to our authentic selves, the more powerful we become. I also think the saying “no matter where you go there you are” is nonsense. I know from living in different places that some places work and some don’t. For Mayhem and Roxy, Taylor is a weakening place. They don’t have kinship with the location and immediately fall under Lyle’s control. Roxy is tired of being in charge and feels she’s made a mess of everything so for her it’s a place she can check out. For Mayhem it’s different. She’s missing something but she doesn’t know what. In this case it’s her family but it’s also Santa Maria itself, because the Brayburns are so connected to the place. For me, too, I had this personal experience. I felt out of sorts for many years of my life being in the wrong location, and then when I moved to the right place for me I felt it in my body. I wanted that to be the case for Mayhem as well. And also, no disrespect is intended to Texas. For most of the women who live in Taylor, I envision it’s the perfect place for them and it’s their home. It just isn’t any place for a Brayburn lady.

e: It was implied that the women are a sort of vampire, but it also seemed slightly more complicated than that. Can you dive into the workings of the magic in the story?
Yes, they’re sort of energy vampires, but they aren’t immortal and they seek out the wicked. I connected what I was doing to the Celtic mythological sluaghs pretty early on. The sluagh sucks souls and often takes the shape of a crow, so I used that as a basis and went from there.

e: I love things like that! The magical water was so intriguing, and symbolic. What do you like to think it came from and stood for?
Water symbolism is pretty developed so I had lots to draw on. To me it’s not only the thing necessary for life, it’s also the subconscious, the womb, the mysterious, the unseen. I can get totally lost in water with the sun beating down and the water holding me up. I also drew inspo from those water experiments that I think have been debunked at this point, but they showed water molecules reacting emotionally. I thought that was so intriguing. Water as an entity with feelings? I liked it and developed from there. It also seemed right since the water was so integral to the story anyway, it taking place at the beach.

e: What was your writing process, i.e. how long did it take you to write from initial conception to finish? And how did you become a writer?
I originally had the idea in 2015 and wrote a partial manuscript, which I sold in 2017 and I finished this year, so about five years start to finish. I really became a writer after my son was born, though I had dabbled off and on before that. I wrote during his naptimes and then through a series of very fortunate events wound up at Vermont College of Fine Arts, which is also when I got my agent. It was sort of a magical process. I worked really hard, don’t get me wrong, but I also felt like I had a tailwind as soon as I decided I wanted to do it. It’s stil incredibly challenging and a constant roller coaster, but I’m grateful for my point of entry.
e: Are you already off and running on a new/next project? Can you share what that is?
I am in the midst of multiple projects right now, fortunately. Next to publish is the first of the City of Villains trilogy I’m doing with Disney. It’s a lot of fun, sort of a Veronica Mars/Jessica Jones type thing but starring a lot of magic and all the villains from the Disneyverse. It was a blast to write and I’m excited to see it come into the world.

e: Ooooo - I can't wait to see it! I hope you'll come back to visit!

Coloring Page Tuesday - Mice Share a Cookie

     Sometimes it's the littlest things that can mean the most, like sharing a cookie with a friend. This is a card a made for one of my students - I'll share a video about it's creation soon. Click the image to open the full-sized coloring page.
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     Remember, I create my coloring pages to draw your attention to my books! For instance, I'm celebrating the new illustrated (by me) edition of A BIRD ON WATER STREET! My debut novel won me "Georgia Author of the Year!"
Booklist said it's "A book deserving of a wide readership, recommended for all libraries."
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Home-made Tortillas!

Stan has been at it again! This time, he made us home-made tortillas for fajitas - OMG!
Tortillas cooking in a hot iron skillet...
Fajita fixings, a rainbow just waiting...
Fajita meat, marinated, pink, and charred around the edges...
put it all together in a tortilla to enjoy!
Here's the recipe to make your own tortillas!

Video: Amazing Wee Pop-up Books

All this free time in Covid lock-down has obviously offered some folks time to create some amazing things, like this pop-up book library on facebook. Click the image to go have a look - amazing!
It was originally posted at RelaxingStuff.com - although I can't find it there. Hm.

e's art tips #16: Making Merbaby's Lullaby Book Dummy

I needed to do a demo for my students at Hollins on how to actually put together a physical book dummy. It only made sense to make the demo another one of my "e's art tips." So, now you can learn from it too! Click the image to watch on Youtube, and please subscribe!

Video: Charlie's Studio

This is one tech-savvy kid, and he's all of 9-years-old! He's a beta tester for the new MmHmm software - a start-up tech company creating new ways to share our content via Zoom. Not only are they creating a very interesting product, they are HIRING (you can work remotely from anywhere in the US). Check out Charlie's video, using the MmHmmm software - click the image below to watch on Youtube:

Friday Links List and Illustrators' Treehouse News - 24 July 2020

From the NYTimes: Joanna Cole, Who Imagined Fantastical Bus Rides, Dies at 75 Her “Magic School Bus” children’s books were wild, and wildly popular. They were also educational.

From 19 Children’s Books Featuring Boys of Color

From 15 authors who published best-selling books when they were teenagers

From PW:
     Maine Declares Ashley Bryan Day
     How #PublishingPaidMe Exposed Racial Inequities

From The Bookseller: WGGB calls for £20m support package for Scottish writers

From SLJ:
     17 Magical and Mind-Bending Sci-Fi & Fantasy Titles for Teens | Summer Reading 2020
     The Goodnight Moon Parody Industrial Complex Funny!

From Claudia Mills' An Hour a Day: The Post-Book-Revision Blues

From Brightly: Happily Ever After: 21 Multicultural Fairy Tales to Delight Every Child and Teen

From The Guardian:
     Gender gap in children's reading grew in UK lockdown – survey
     Michael Rosen: ‘The incredible NHS saved my life’

From Main Point Books on FB: a mini bookstore display

From Bookshelf:
     Tiny replica of New York rare bookseller’s gallery

From BookBub: 10 New Science Fiction and Fantasy Books with Nearly Perfect Reviews

From SLJ: Graphic Novels for Armchair Campers | Stellar Panels

From PictureBookMakers: Axel Scheffler (on the making of The Gruffalo)

For My Fairy Tales Class students:
From Seven Miles of Steel Thistles: Strong Fairytale Heroines: A Series

From Myth and Moor:
     Animal Brides & Bridegrooms (with gorgeous illustrations!)
     Selkies: the accommodation of paradox

On Youtube: Comics 101: How to Get into Comics

From Siblings Team Up To Virtually Travel World Through Incredible Chalk Art.

From DiamondBooks: A Unique and Brain-Twisting Comedic Tale that Play with the Tropes and "Rules" of Sequential Art

From the NYTimes: Watch All the Paris Haute Couture Fashion Shows All the presentations for Paris couture, in one place.

From CommArts: Building Brands with Augmented Reality

From Muddy Colors:
     Drawing Like You Mean It - one of the best articles I've ever read on Muddy Colors!

From Publishers Weekly: The Fanatic Graphic Novel Newsletter

From Random House Graphic: Monthly Newsletter on Graphic Novels

Have you read Digger by Ursula Vernon? It's all online.

Do you know about SNAAP: Strategic National Arts Alumni Project Tracking the lives and careers of arts graduates

From Children's monthly newsletter with features and interviews

A good friend has started Campus to Career - career coaching for recent graduates. I recommend her!

From AIGA:
     The Design Collective Taking on Structural Racism in the Industry
     Questioning the Canon: Diversity in Graphic Design History

For Moomin Fans: 'Tove' - first trailer for biopic of Moomins creator Tove Jansson

From NPR: 'Me And White Supremacy' Helps You Do The Work Of Dismantling Racism

From Claudia Mills' An Hour a Day: When Your Students Are Smarter Than You Are

From Inside Higher Ed: Yes, Your Zoom Teaching Can Be First-Rate


Relationships are difficult things to navigate, especially when we're kids. So, I just love the simple difficulty that arises between Stephanie and her best friend in Cinta Arribas' new MY BEST FRIEND, SOMETIMES, written by Naomi Danis for POW! in New York. Cinta dropped by, all the way from Spain, to share more about it.
e: What was your creative process/medium for My Best Friend, Sometimes, can you walk us through it?
I spend a lot of time creating the characters for my books, in this case, I drew many sketches with pencils and makers. After that, I digitized the drawings and put the final touches using Photoshop.

e: What was your path to publication?
I collaborated with POW! in 2018 with another picture book titled I Hate Everyone. This is the second book I have illustrated with the same writer, Naomi Danis. I love the way she writes for children and I think we make a good team. Jordan Nielsen, the editor contacted me about illustrating the book. She’d seen my work online and wanted to collaborate. As soon as I read the script,I said yes.
e: I remember that one! Is there a unique or funny story behind the creation of My Best Friend, Sometimes?
I changed the way the characters look many many times. Their hair style, clothes, how they act... I felt like a movie director choosing actors in a casting.

e: What do you think makes an illustration magical, what I call "Heart Art” - the sort that makes a reader want to come back to look again and again?
Heart Art for me happens when a reader feels emotions looking at my illustrations. When I illustrate I don't care about realism, perspective or proportions. What I care about is that they transmit feelings, and it depends on colors, expressions and shapes. Then comes the magic.
e: I got that feeling in the bus scene! How do you advertise yourself (or do you)?
I show my art through my website and social media (Instagram, Facebook, Behance...).

e: What is your favorite or most challenging part of being a creator?
I enjoy the beginning of the projects a lot, when I read the script and make the first sketches. Everything is possible at that moment. The challenging part comes later, when you have to be consequent with your chosen characters and make the story flow.
e: Is there something in particular about My Best Friend, Sometimes you hope readers will take away with them, perhaps something that isn’t immediately obvious?
There are some things that I put into the illustrations that people are not aware of, like toys I had when I was a kid, the dinosaurs you see in the girl’s room, or things that I liked in my childhood, like making a house with a blanket.
e: What are you working on next or what would be your dream project?
This summer I am working on a children's book for a Spanish publishing house that I'm excited about. My dream project would be designing patterns for clothes or creating a book about animals. I love drawing them.